As I was sitting in contemplation this morning with thoughts running through my mind like wild horses, I asked myself: “Is this reality as bad as I perceive it to be?”. And I remembered this old Taoist tale.
There is a story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years.
One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer.
Why am I telling you this ancient story now, in the middle of such a disturbing time of our lives? Because I truly believe it is the best time for you to hear it. It is our response to unexpected events that shapes our life and makes us remember our core values and priorities.
What is happening right now is affecting the physical and mental health of the entire planet, with every country and culture is involved in it one way or another. All you have to do is to be a human to be vulnerable to this virus. Doesn’t this notion bring us to realization of how equally human we all are?
Events beyond your control help you to pay attention to what is important. So much of our lives we live in automatic mode – just like robots. We create the space for things and people in our lives and we tend to stop paying attention to them. They are kind of “there”. The longer we live the less newness we experience – by choice. We get set in our ways, and one of the side effects is deterioration of the mind (and physical brain) – the diminishing ability to experience curiosity, imagination, innovation, and dreams of impossible realities.
When last time you daydreamed or created something outrageous without self-judgement?
Remember – you are a powerful creator of your reality. The external circumstances are happening for you so you can reinvent yourself, no matter where in life you are. It’s not just empty words. I, myself, had experienced at least two devastating global events forcing me to take a long hard look into the reality I created. One event was the collapse of Soviet Union, and the other was the collapse of the towers in NYC. Both of them were incredibly painful and scary, and both of them forced me to reinvent myself to a better version of me.
Every day is an opportunity to change for the better. Change is inevitable. Scientifically speaking, your body and brain is changing every second, meaning every second you are a different person. Some changes might be harder to control than others, however with all I know through ultra-modern science and ancient models of self-awareness, managing these constant changes is quite possible. I call it BioMindHacking, as it is literally interfering with “automatic” processes of your mind and body.
I’m inviting you to look at this pandemic as a “reset button” not only for your lifestyle, but for your mind, your abilities, and your imagination. You are a powerful being, your brain is neuroplastic, and you have an incredible willpower just waiting to wake up and choose a direction to a better life.
What are you waiting for? Your ‘maybe’ moment, like the old farmer’s, could be an opportunity, not a setback.
Dr. Maya SarkisyanApril 13, 2020